As the fantasy baseball playoffs approach, it is important to have quality backups at every possible position. Probably the most important position to have a reserve options for is at first base, because there are only so many reliable options out there. Despite the lack of big leave experience, though, one stick that is seriously worth adding this week for a playoff push is 1B Kenny Vargas of the Minnesota Twins.
Vargas looks like a grown man at the plate. He is a sturdy 6-foot-5 and his 273-pound frame looks better suited for football. He is a big switch hitter and can hit for power to both sides of the field. He smacked 17 homers in 97 MiLB games and impressively drove in 63 tuns as well.
Since being called up at the beginning of the month, Vargas has posted four multi-hit games with the Twinkies. He has also hit one home run, one double, and has scored five runs. It is a very small sample size, but there is no denying that this youngster has some raw power.
Vargas is a very free-swinger, though, as he has 13 K’s through the first nine games. He will occasionally chase those pesky high fastballs, so be too discouraged by his high K/AB ratio. It will simply take him some time to fully adjust to big league pitching.
Vargas is only owned in 5.3% of ESPN leagues at the moment, which is a crime considering his power potential. He won’t be on the waiver wire for long and can be the prefect backup 1B to roll with down the stretch, so pick him up before the week ends.